Reading 1 Ez 24:15-23
The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, by a sudden blowI am taking away from you the delight of your eyes,but do not mourn or weep or shed any tears.Groan in silence, make no lament for the dead,bind on your turban, put your sandals on your feet,do not cover your beard, and do not eat the customary bread.That evening my wife died,and the next morning I did as I had been commanded.Then the people asked me, "Will you not tell us what all these thingsthat you are doing mean for us?"I therefore spoke to the people that morning, saying to them:Thus the word of the LORD came to me:Say to the house of Israel: Thus says the Lord GOD:I will now desecrate my sanctuary, the stronghold of your pride,the delight of your eyes, the desire of your soul.The sons and daughters you left behind shall fall by the sword.Ezekiel shall be a sign for you:all that he did you shall do when it happens.Thus you shall know that I am the LORD.You shall do as I have done,not covering your beards nor eating the customary bread.Your turbans shall remain on your heads, your sandals on your feet.You shall not mourn or weep,but you shall rot away because of your sins and groan one to another.
Responsorial Psalm Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21
R. (see 18a) You have forgotten God who gave you birth.You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you.You forgot the God who gave you birth.When the LORD saw this, he was filled with loathingand anger toward his sons and daughters.R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth."I will hide my face from them," he said,"and see what will then become of them.What a fickle race they are,sons with no loyalty in them!"R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth."Since they have provoked me with their 'no-god'and angered me with their vain idols,I will provoke them with a 'no-people';with a foolish nation I will anger them."R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
Alleluia Mt 5:3
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are the poor in spirit;for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 19:16-22
A young man approached Jesus and said,"Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?"He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good?There is only One who is good.If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."He asked him, "Which ones?"And Jesus replied, "You shall not kill;you shall not commit adultery;you shall not steal;you shall not bear false witness;honor your father and your mother;and you shall love your neighbor as yourself."The young man said to him,"All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?"Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go,sell what you have and give to the poor,and you will have treasure in heaven.Then come, follow me."When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,for he had many possessions.
Posted: August 20, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Prv 9:1-6
Wisdom has built her house,she has set up her seven columns;she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,yes, she has spread her table.She has sent out her maidens; she callsfrom the heights out over the city:"Let whoever is simple turn in here;To the one who lacks understanding, she says,Come, eat of my food,and drink of the wine I have mixed!Forsake foolishness that you may live;advance in the way of understanding."
Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.I will bless the LORD at all times;his praise shall be ever in my mouth.Let my soul glory in the LORD;the lowly will hear me and be glad.R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.Glorify the LORD with me,let us together extol his name.I sought the LORD, and he answered meand delivered me from all my fears.R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,and your faces may not blush with shame.When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,and from all his distress he saved him.R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Reading 2 Eph 5:15-20
Brothers and sisters:Watch carefully how you live,not as foolish persons but as wise,making the most of the opportunity,because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery,but be filled with the Spirit,addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,giving thanks always and for everythingin the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
Alleluia Jn 6:56R. Alleluia, alleluia.Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my bloodremains in me and I in him, says the Lord.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Jn 6:51-58
Jesus said to the crowds:"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;whoever eats this bread will live forever;and the bread that I will giveis my flesh for the life of the world."The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them,"Amen, amen, I say to you,unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my bloodhas eternal life,and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food,and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my bloodremains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent meand I have life because of the Father,so also the one who feeds on mewill have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,whoever eats this bread will live forever."
Posted: August 19, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32
The word of the LORD came to me:Son of man, what is the meaning of this proverbthat you recite in the land of Israel:"Fathers have eaten green grapes,thus their children's teeth are on edge"?As I live, says the Lord GOD:I swear that there shall no longer be anyone among youwho will repeat this proverb in Israel.For all lives are mine;the life of the father is like the life of the son, both are mine;only the one who sins shall die.If a man is virtuous—if he does what is right and just,if he does not eat on the mountains,nor raise his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel;if he does not defile his neighbor's wife,nor have relations with a woman in her menstrual period;if he oppresses no one, gives back the pledge received for a debt,commits no robbery;if he gives food to the hungry and clothes the naked;if he does not lend at interest nor exact usury;if he holds off from evildoing,judges fairly between a man and his opponent;if he lives by my statutes and is careful to observe my ordinances,that man is virtuous—he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD.But if he begets a son who is a thief, a murderer,or lends at interest and exacts usury–this son certainly shall not live.Because he practiced all these abominations, he shall surely die;his death shall be his own fault.Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel,each one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD.Turn and be converted from all your crimes,that they may be no cause of guilt for you.Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed,and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.Why should you die, O house of Israel?For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,says the Lord GOD. Return and live!
Responsorial Psalm Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
R. (12a) Create a clean heart in me, O God.A clean heart create for me, O God;and a steadfast spirit renew within me.Cast me not out from your presence,and your Holy Spirit take not from me.R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.Give me back the joy of your salvation,and a willing spirit sustain in me.I will teach transgressors your ways,and sinners shall return to you.R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.For you are not pleased with sacrifices;should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
Alleluia See Mt 11:25
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 19:13-15
Children were brought to Jesusthat he might lay his hands on them and pray.The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."After he placed his hands on them, he went away.
Posted: August 18, 2018, 9:30 am
Readings courtesy of USCCB